YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

April 17, 2008

01SJ Festival

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Nicholas @ 12:47 am

01SJ Volunteer

ZER01, organizers of 01SJ, a Global Festival of Art on the Edge, has announced plans for its second biennial festival, June 4-8. 01SJ will feature transformative and provocative new works from world-renowned artists and performers at the cross-section of contemporary art, technology, and culture. The five-day Festival includes exhibitions, films, concerts, performances, and nightlife occurring throughout downtown San Jose’s parks, public streets, museums, theaters, and clubs.

01SJ is North America’s newest and largest festival of digital arts. From a hip-hop, multi-media meditation on Antarctica to robot art, from conversations with artificial intelligence to operatic performances of Google headlines about the environment, from avant-garde cinema to new musical forms – more than 100 projects will be featured at 01SJ. Festival organizers expect it to be a perspective-altering experience that entertains, enlightens, educates, and involves attendees in a new understanding of our changing world.

Of the artists participating in 01SJ, several have recently been featured in the New Frontier program at the Sundance Film Festival, while others have garnered major national and international awards.

Artists include: Cory Arcangel, Jim Campbell, Bruce Charlesworth, Daryl Cloran, Paul DeMarinis, DJ Spooky AKA Paul D. Miller, Anita Doron, Toni Dove, R. Luke DuBois, Kota Ezawa, Daniel Faust, Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Corrine Matesich, Nis Romer, Stijn Schiffeleers, Adam Wight), Jason Freeman, Genevieve Grieves, Mateo Guez, David Haines, Joyce Hinterding, Shih Chieh Huang, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jane Marsching, Jennifer + Kevin McCoy, Mongrel (Graham Harwood, Richard Wright, Matsuko Yokokoji), Adam Nash, Ed Osborn, Qiu Zhijie, Red 76 (Sam Gould), Favianna Rodriguez, Rova, Eddo Stern, Lían Amaris Sifuentes, Piotr Szyhalski, Terreform (Mitchell Joachim), Rubén Ortiz Torres, Craig Walsh, Marina Zurkow.


To volunteer with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge, download and fill out the form below. When you’re done, send it to Bruce Labadie at brucelabadie@yahoo.com.

Download PDF Application form

April 6, 2008

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Nicholas @ 1:34 am


SFSU, downtown San Francisco, CA: May 12, 2008

LASER events are part of a series of cultural events about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at the intersections of the Arts and Science by Leonardo/ISAST.

6:00pm-6:30: Socializing/networking.

6:30-6:45: Welcome by Jeff Babcock (Executive Director of the International Center for the Arts, SFSU, and Leonardo ISAST board member) and Piero Scaruffi, organizer of the LASER events.

6:45-7:15: Ken Goldberg, Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media on “Robots as Naturalists”. Ken will present experiments and questions raised by robots and social networks, ranging from ouija boards to human “tele-actors,” and tell a true story about how invasions of privacy led him and his students to investigate how robots can assist in monitoring the natural environment. He’ll describe a robotic system that they’ve deployed to assist the search for the ivory billed woodpecker, a bird of extreme interest to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and conservationists, whose last confirmed sighting was in 1944. Ken will also present the manifesto of the Berkeley Center for New Media and propose a new and hopefully controversial definition of “media.”

7:15-7:45: Carlo Sequin on “Knotty Sculptures”.

7:45-8:00: Richard Rinehart, Curator of the Berkeley Art Museum, on the forthcoming UC Berkeley Art Museum, on the forthcoming UC Berkeley “Big Bang” conference. Berkeley’s New Media Center and Leonardo ISAST are organizing a two-day academic conference, to be held in June 2008 at the Berkeley Museum. Richard will present the Berkeley Day of the conference (first day of the conference).

8:00-8:20: Kris Paulsen, grad student at Berkeley Center for New Media on “Participation TV”. Kris will examine a sequence of projects from the 1960s, to the present ways in which artists have worked to reverse the unidirectional structure of broadcast television. These artists introduce feedback into the networks by disrupting broadcasts, “hijacking” programs through pseudo-events and hostile takeovers, and by developing their own multi-directional systems that challenge the television viewer’s traditionally passive role. Exploiting the potential for liveness on television news, CCTV, and public access, the discussed artists attempt to develop direct contact between viewers and event, so that originally disparate and passive consumers of broadcast media become active participants in a reflexively networked crowd.

8:20-8:40:Trevor Paglen of the Department of Geography University of California at Berkeley on “The Other Night Sky”. Artist/geographer Trevor Paglen will talk about his recent project to track and photograph 189 classified “moons” (reconnaissance satellites) in Earth orbit. Along the way, he introduces us to an international network of satellite observers, tracks the history of two “stealth” satellites, and contemplates the relationship between classical empiricism and democracy.

8:45-9:45: Discussions, more socializing.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Piero Scaruffi: p [at] scaruffi.com


November 21, 2007

Give One Get One $100 Laptop

Filed under: Member News,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:16 pm


Between November 12 and November 26, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. OLPC, better known for their $100 Laptop, was founded by ex Chairman of MIT Media Lab Nicholas Negroponte to get laptops in the hands of the children of developing countries. If you don’t know what the $100 Laptop is or why you should care, watch this video.

Repeat, you can now get the $100 Laptop! I just bought one!

The catch is that it costs $399 ($423.95 with shipping) – but that is quite a deal when you consider the following:

• The laptop is actually more like $200 (the more they produce, the closer it gets to $100).

• You are giving one to a child in a developing country and you “receive one for the child in your life” (In my case, the child in my life is me).

• Half of it is a tax deductible donation (you only get to write off the laptop you donate).

• T-Mobile gives you one-year complimentary HotSpot service (I found this out after I bought it).
The $100 Laptop
The XO from OLPC

October 21, 2007

Member Events: Fire Arts & Burning Desires

Filed under: Member Events,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 11:42 am

swissnex logo

The canvas and paintbrush of Burning Man fire art spectaculars
at swissnex san francisco

In a collaboration between Burning Man, Leonardo journal and swissnex San Francisco, an evening symposium titled Fire Arts & Burning Desires will present several Burning Man fire artists, who will discuss the use of their work with fire as a creative medium.

From pyrrhic highlight to transcendent interaction, when is fire an appropriate part of a sculptural statement? How do we use fire in a safe way for both the artist and the audience? Learn about the behind the scenes gyrations of previous Burning Man fire art spectacles.

Fire Arts & Burning Desires is hosted by swissnex San Francisco and presented by Burning Man and Leonardo journal, who recently collaborated in publishing an exclusive collection of essays and photographs on the Fire Arts of Burning Man (Leonardo Volume 40 Issue # 4, 2007).

Speakers presenting at the symposium will include Crimson Rose (The Fire Goddess), The Flaming Lotus Girls, (TBA), Bill Codding (The Burninator), Wally Glen (The Zen Fire Garden) and DaveX, who will discuss the safety parameters of working with fire in an artistic way.

Fire Arts & Burning Desires

Date: November 2, 2007

Time: 7:00 PM

At: swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please RSVP @ www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

This event is hosted by swissnex San Francisco. For updated information and travel directions, please visit their web site.

Suggested donation $10.00

Questions: Contact event producer:
Louis M. Brill

September 21, 2007

Graffiti Research Lab talk

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:30 pm

Graffiti Research Lab Logo

A talk with James Powderly and Evan Roth of the Graffiti Research Lab

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm

San Jose City Hall, Council Chambers

The G.R.L. has embarked on a mission: to revolutionize tools and languages of urban artists with cheap technology and open knowledge. The lab is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source tools for urban communication. The goal of the G.R.L. is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from commercial and corporate culture. G.R.L. agents are currently working in the lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies for the state-of-the-art graffiti writer. Their website documents those efforts with video documentation and DIY instructions for each project.

James Powderly is a maverick hobbyist dabbling at the fringes of robotics, chemistry, writing, pyrotechnics, graffiti and art. As a Fellow in the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab for the last year James has developed experimental creative technologies and media for the public domain. Powderly was an engineer and the Director of Technology Development at Honeybee Robotics, and a Manhattan-based NASA contractor. He worked on developing the Mars Exploration Rover’s Rock Abrasion Tool and built a wall drilling robot for Diller + Scofidio’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Powderly has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including an Award of Distinction in 2006 from Ars Electronica for his work with the Graffiti Research Lab. His work can be found on the surface of Mars and other people’s walls throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the Spring, he will begin teaching a class at Parsons Communication Design and Technology program called, “Disruptive Home Economics”.

Evan Roth is a recent MFA graduate from the Design Technology department at Parsons where he was his class valedictorian. He is the creator of Graffitti Analysis video, a project that uses motion tracking, computer vision technology, and a custom C++ application to record and analyze a graffiti writer’s pen movement over time. Evan’s media experiments also include Explicit Content Only, Postal Lables Against Bush video, and Graffiti Taxonomy.

If you can’t make it physically, you can catch the G.R.L. in Second Life, the talk will be streamed live to Ars Virtua in Second Life via this slurl link.

This is a part of FUSE: conversation, a research residency initiative hosted by San Jose State University’s CADRE Laboratory for New Media and the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California.

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